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    Default The Horten 229

    Called the Horten 229, the radical "flying wing" fighter-bomber looked and acted a lot like the U.S. Air Force's current B-2 — right down to the "stealth" radar-evading characteristics.



    Fortunately for the world, the Ho 229 wasn't put into mass production before Nazi Germany surrendered in May 1945.

    But American researchers boxed up and shipped home the prototypes and partially-built planes that existed — and now the same company that builds the B-2 has rebuilt one.

    Northrop Grumman Corp. spent its own time and money using the original German blueprints to replicate the wood-and-steel-tube bomber, right down to its unique metallic glue and paint, at its facility in El Segundo, Calif.

    Using radar of the same type and frequency used by British coastal defenses in World War II, the engineers found that an Ho 229, flying a few dozen feet above the English Channel, would indeed have been "invisible" to the Royal Air Force — an advantage that arrived too late for the Nazis to exploit.

    "This was the most advanced technology that the Germans had at the end of the war, and Northrop solved the question of how stealthy it was and its performance against Allied radar at the time," documentary filmmaker Mike Jorgenson told the Long Beach, Calif., Press-Telegram. "It's significantly better than anything flying operationally probably until the 1960s."

    The National Geographic Channel will next air Jorgenson's documentary, "Hitler's Stealth Fighter," on Sunday, July 5.

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    Beat me to it...

    Here's some more pics at FoxNews:
    http://www.foxnews.com/photoessay/0,4644,7555,00.html
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    Man them Germans were clever.

    That replica is being housed here in San Diego at the Aerospace Museum I've heard. I need to go check that out.
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    It's interesting that the aliens gave the Germans that technology back in the 40's, but they didn't license it to the U.S. for another 50 years.

    They must have really held a grudge for us messing with those crashed alien bodies.
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    I read this on yahoo or something last night...very interesting....cool looking plane too.

    Made in Germany...you know the Germans make good stuff!
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    I read this on yahoo or something last night...very interesting....cool looking plane too.

    Made in Germany...you know the Germans make good stuff!
    Yeah, like the zeppelin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lacy_vious View Post
    Yeah, like the zeppelin.

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    and the Shamwow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    and the Shamwow!
    And those crap videos. And Rammstein.

    I shouldn't shit on the Germans seeing as how I am mostly descended of them, and they gave us yummy food. But I don't know if I can forgive Rammstein.

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    Germans also gave us the infamous Goo Girls...but that is probably a topic for that 7 incher thread...or the one about dildoes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwood P. View Post
    Man them Germans were clever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    Germans also gave us the infamous Goo Girls...but that is probably a topic for that 7 incher thread...or the one about dildoes.
    Yeah and they gave us leiderhosen, but I don't see anyone celebrating that either.

    Really what the Germans gave us was kinky sex. Shit sex, domination sex, Cartman's mom sex, you name it, the German's have done it. The Germans are to porn as the Japanese are to the electronics industry.

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    That's cool. I just set my DVR to record it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lacy_vious View Post
    Yeah and they gave us leiderhosen, but I don't see anyone celebrating that either.

    Really what the Germans gave us was kinky sex. Shit sex, domination sex, Cartman's mom sex, you name it, the German's have done it. The Germans are to porn as the Japanese are to the electronics industry.

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    I don't know, the Japanese have had their fair share of advances into sexual perversion. Hentai? Animated kiddie porn? Japanese School girl snuff films and orgies?

    I think in that capacity, it's a push.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    I don't know, the Japanese have had their fair share of advances into sexual perversion. Hentai? Animated kiddie porn? Japanese School girl snuff films and orgies?

    I think in that capacity, it's a push.
    The Germans paved the way for the Japanese.

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    The History Channel had some very interesting programming on secret aircraft of both the Axis and the Allies during that time frame, interesting stuff.
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